What are Inguinal Hernia Symptoms?

The inguinal canal is a passage present in the front side of the abdominal wall. When the abdominal cavity protrudes into this passage, a person experiences inguinal hernia symptoms. Men have 27 percent lifetime risk of developing this condition and women have a 3 percent risk of developing this condition respectively.

Men have a larger opening of this canal with weaker walls. Because of this reason, there are higher chances (25 percent) that the intestine will protrude into this passage, in comparison to women. The repair of this condition is one of the most frequently carried out surgical operations.

Inguinal Hernia Symptoms:

  • Pain because of strangulated stool
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Femoral hernia – Contents of the abdomen pass into a compartment through a canal known as femoral canal
  • Testicular torsion – A cord-like structure connecting the abdomen to the testicles twists cutting the blood supply
  • Groin abscess – Collection of pus in the groin
  • Hydrocele – Collection of bodily fluids around the testicles
  • Lipomas – Soft, painless and movable benign tumors
  • Epididymitis – Swelling of the epididymis, a structure present in the back of the testicles where sperms mature and are stored
  • Lymph node swelling – Round organs which host the immune system cells protecting the body from infections and foreign invasion. Swelling of these organs indicates the body is under serious threat
  • Varicocele – Swelling of a vein in the scrotum which drain the testicles
  • Saphenous vein dilation – Widening of the saphenous vein
  • Cryptorchidism – Absence of one or two testes from the scrotum
  • Vascular aneurysm – Hole in the blood vessels surrounding an organ
  • Conclusion:
    The course of the condition is unpredictable. In some cases, it remains stable for years while in others it progresses rapidly. Doctors generally advise that it is in the best interest of the patient to get the inguinal hernia symptoms treated through surgery as early as possible. This is done when the patient does not suffer from other medical complications.

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